Location - Lady Chapel
Wednesday 27th April at 6.30 pm
'Of suche as apperteigne to the gifte of a Prince': the architecture and fittings of Henry VII's Lady Chapel at Westminster
Christopher Wilson, Emeritus Professor of Architectural History, UCL
Henry VII died before his tomb and chapel fittings were finished with his wishes only partly carried out. Christopher Wilson reveals how the chapel would have looked if all of its splendid contents had been installed.
Friday 29th April at 6.30 pm
Lady Margaret Beaufort: the King's Mother and the King's Chapel
Dr Richard Rex, Reader in Reformation History, Queens' College, Cambridge
Dr Richard Rex uncovers the huge personal, emotional and financial influence on the building of the chapel by Lady Margaret Beaufort, the king's mother and the most powerful woman in early Tudor England.
Wednesday 4th May at 6.30 pm
James I, the Abbey and the 'beauty of holiness'
Dr Andrew Foster, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Kent
Did James I have no association with Westminster Abbey other than commissioning monuments to Elizabeth I and his mother, Mary Queen of Scots? Dr Andrew Foster argues there was a deeper relationship and how James' reign affected the Church of England.